#36 – Michael Jackson – “You Rock My World” – (2001)

This was Michael Jackson’s final big single. It was released as a single in 2001 and it’s so good that it is hard to fathom how he didn’t have a big hit after this. Also, “Thriller,” and its video, put Michael on the map for some people. Well the video for this song is pretty impressive too. It’s a 13-minute mini-movie featuring Chris Tucker (whose career basically subsists of this and some movies with Jackie Chan), Michael Madsen, Billy Drago and Marlon flippin’ Brando. Brando! Also, the video is completely awesome, featuring a cool set, awesome suits and badass dancing from the King of Pop (which, some of it, reminds me of Jim Carrey in The Mask). None of this should take away from the song though. Michael’s career had this sort of progression that the later in it he got, the more his songs featured this little pop of his voice (sort of like a hard “dah” sound). This song has a lot of that sound. Plus, a great beat, and wonderful instrumentation. It was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance (Jackson’s first since 1997). And it was a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100. This stands as one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs of all time, which might seem weird, but it’s true. It reminds me of both his mid-1990s stuff (which was really good) and some stuff from the 1980s (which is high praise).